- move the pedals of a bicycle backwards (formerly to brake).；reverse one's previous action or opinion
verb: back-pedal, 3rd person present: back-pedals, gerund or present participle: back-pedalling, past tense: back-pedalled, past participle: back-pedalled
- 1. move the pedals of a bicycle backwards (formerly to brake).
- ▪ reverse one's previous action or opinion Boyd quickly back-pedalled when asked to explain her suggestion 同義詞 change one's mind, change one's opinion, go into reverse, do an about-face, do a U-turn, ... 更多
- ▪ move hastily backwards Cook forced the goalkeeper to back-pedal and push a shot over the bar